DAB radio makers improve energy efficiency

23 Oct 2009

Pure Evoke Mio
Pure Evoke Mio: more eco-friendly

It's a known fact that DAB radios tend to consume more electricity than old-fashioned analogue ones. But now DAB radio manufacturers Pure Digital and Roberts are fighting back with a range of more eco-friendly models.

Pure Digital has 14 radios in its model range that have been accredited by the Energy Saving Trust. These radios carry the Energy Saving Recommended logo, showing they meet strict criteria on energy efficiency.

A Pure Energy Saving Recommended radio uses less than quarter of the power of a single low-energy lightbulb, it is claimed. This means those DAB radios consume less than 3.5W of electricity in use, compared to a low-energy bulb which typically uses 14W. See www.pure.com/energysaving for more details.

All of Pure's new radios are part of its EcoPlus range, which have reduced power consumption in operation and standby, and use recycled packaging materials.

Roberts Radio also has a range of eco-friendly models. These radios include switch-mode power supplies, enabling low operational and standby power consumption, and extended battery life.

Below is a list of some of the more energy efficient DAB radios now available:

Roberts solarDAB (£80)

Roberts ecologic 4 (£90)

Roberts unologic (£60)

Pure Evoke Mio (£150)

Pure One Mini (£45)

Pure Chronos iDock Series II (£100)


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Rather than just re-iterate what seems like a press release from Roberts/Pure, why not address the main issue this article opens with - i.e. do they still use more power than an analogue set?

(or should they be banned in California?!)